Every year for Christmas Grandma Maxine would tirelessly create these wonderful cookies for her family. Everyone adored Grandma’s Buckeyes. “It just wouldn’t be Christmas without them,” we all thought–especially the children. Once again, she made these every year for as long as I can remember. And these cookies were new to me, as a young bride. My family of women never made them, that I know of.
I love this recipe and I’ve continued on with this heirloom tradition. Someone always asks me….”Hey Mom, are you gonna make Buckeyes this year?” And I always reply, “Yes….may need a little help.” These little peanut butter-chocolate goodness cookies are swallowed up in a hurry, so I suggest doubling this recipe. They aren’t hard to make–just a bit tedious. Then I can get in a rush and make them larger then they probably should be for a “delicate delight.” 🙂 Regardless of how they look, what size they are or how shiny…..BUCKEYES ARE DELICIOUS!
It’s fun to sit down and dip with someone you love. This year, Jen and I dipped and talked over a cup of our favorite beverage. We love our Christmas baking and candy making time together. (Making memories…………….I KNOW…..RIGHT!)
I hope you take time to dip these shiny orbs, too. Betcha can’t eat just one!
- For filling, cream together:
- ½ C butter
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 2 C creamy peanut butter (I use Jiff)
- 3 C Rice Krispies (I use only name brand as I've tried generic and it doesn't work as well, trust me!)
- Chill; however, if this mixture sticks together well, skip the chilling.
- Chocolate mixture to rolls balls in:
- 2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ⅓ stick of paraffin
- Roll filling into balls the size of walnuts, or a bit smaller.
- Chocolate mixture:
- I have melted the chocolate chips and paraffin 3 ways:
- By microwave---at 20 second intervals
- In a saucepan on low heat.
- In a double boiler (or my own double boiler contraption of a bowl of chocolate into a saucepan of hot water.
- All three work wonderfully--whatever your preference.
- If the chocolate mixture hardens before you're finished, microwave a bit. Sometimes I've added a little more paraffin, which makes it all the more shiny and tempting to eat. 🙂
- Dip balls with a spoon or fork into chocolate mixture. Place on waxed paper to dry.
Merry Christmas, dear friends and family!